I am a doodler. Do you doodle? While drawing random pictures here and there are all well and good, sometimes you just want a little bit of permanence to a piece...or some color, or what have you. And for whatever reason, as soon as I made these little doodles (of guess who!), I thought "Self, wouldn't it be a fine thing to see these pictures in color? And wouldn't it be finer still to see them in a quilt or some such thing?"
Obviously, Self agreed (she is clever that way) because she transferred the drawings onto fabric and pulled out some embroidery floss and got to work.
I am no expert embroiderer or anything, truth be told, these are maybe the third and fourth pieces (actually, maybe fifth) I have ever tried to embroider. I like embroidery. It's not overly difficult. You can play around with color. You produce something pretty (most times, maybe not the first thing you ever do). And it's not that expensive of a hobby (because trust me, I know a thing or two about expensive hobbies, ahem).
There are tons of free embroidery patterns available on the internets, and some really great ones on etsy (obviously, not free). I have bought a few cute ones to stitch (probably this summer when the wool gets hot and heavy--literally). If you heart the stitchies of Little Mister and Little Sir, I put the patterns up in my shoppe (please to see the new store link-a-dink in the margin, awesome, no?). Should you want to make the Little Mister version into a curly red-haired lad with green eyes and a green shirt for St. Patrick's Day, you should because that would be pretty awesome.
And just so you know, I think the kiddos like to see themselves all stitchified, well, mine do; and, I'd like to think that their charm and awesomeness is universal (because that is the kind of mom I am).